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In April 2021, the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland published a guidance note on ‘Improving Charity Boardroom Behaviours’.

Introducing the guidance Louise Thomson, Head of Policy (Not for Profit) at The Chartered Governance Institute said:
“Good governance is about more than just having the right policies, procedures and protocols in place. If the people responsible for leading the charity are ignorant of them, or unable or unwilling to adhere to them, governance falls down. This is why boardroom behaviours and the ethical practices, values and culture of the charity are of equal importance. This guidance provides examples of positive behaviours that should help trustees to make constructive challenge and good decisions that further the charitable objects and lead to positive changes.”

Using this guidance as a reference, Carmichael have summarised a shorter guidance note on ‘Behaviours of an Effective CEO’.

In April 2021, the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland published a guidance note on ‘Improving Charity Boardroom Behaviours’.

Introducing the guidance Louise Thomson, Head of Policy (Not for Profit) at The Chartered Governance Institute said:
“Good governance is about more than just having the right policies, procedures and protocols in place. If the people responsible for leading the charity are ignorant of them, or unable or unwilling to adhere to them, governance falls down. This is why boardroom behaviours and the ethical practices, values and culture of the charity are of equal importance. This guidance provides examples of positive behaviours that should help trustees to make constructive challenge and good decisions that further the charitable objects and lead to positive changes.”

Using this guidance as a reference, Carmichael have summarised a shorter guidance note on ‘Behaviours of an Effective Charity Trustee’.

Hybrid meetings are meetings in which some participants are present in person, and others are
present online. This requires video conferencing software like Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google
Hangouts and hardware such as cameras and microphones for those present in the room. As more
and more organisations move towards hybrid meetings, it’s important to make sure your hybrid
meetings are as efficient and engaging as possible. We’ve gathered our top tips below.

All charities and other non-profit organisations must adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to the work that they do. There is a responsibility on charity trustees, directors and board members to find out what laws and regulatory requirements apply to their organisation and to ensure that the organisation complies with them.

The Compliance Calendar is a useful addition to the board materials for a meeting to ensure that relevant actions are addressed by the Board. It can also assist with preparing the agenda for an upcoming meeting.

This Sample Compliance Calendar, suitable for small or all volunteer organisations, should be amended/tailored to reflect the specific compliance requirements of your own charity or non-profit.

Carmichael wishes to acknowledge the support of Colm Hanley, LK Shields Solicitors in the development of this resource.

All charities and other non-profit organisations must adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to the work that they do. There is a responsibility on charity trustees, directors and board members to find out what laws and regulatory requirements apply to their organisation and to ensure that the organisation complies with them.

The Compliance Calendar is a useful addition to the board materials for a meeting to ensure that relevant actions are addressed by the Board. It can also assist with preparing the agenda for an upcoming meeting.

This Sample Compliance Calendar should be amended/tailored to reflect the specific compliance requirements of your own charity or non-profit.

Carmichael wishes to acknowledge the support of Colm Hanley, LK Shields Solicitors in the development of this resource.

This guidance document has been developed by Carmichael to help charities that are implementing the Charities Governance Code by matching the standards in the Code against resources that are available to help with implementation.

This new Board/Trustee Governance Handbook Template has been developed by Carmichael as part of our ongoing efforts to support non-profit organisations during this difficult time and beyond.

In developing this free handbook, Carmichael sought to reflect the principles and standards of the Charities Governance Code but it can be used by any non-profit organisation. This handbook is a template and it should be amended/tailored to reflect your own charity or other non-profit.

This unforeseen rapid pace of change requires a rapid and agile response. Charities will need to plan on how best to prepare and deal with this unprecedented crisis. The implications of COVID-19 will create a financial crunch and charities should now do what they can to prepare for this.

The activities and actions listed below, are a few things you may want to consider.

Good governance involves making sure that your board is as effective as possible in providing oversight for the organisation. It is worth taking time out periodically to review/assess how you are doing and identify improvements. This can be done in different ways. Here are two templates based on the Charities Governance Code.

The first is a board health check, which can be a basis for collective discussion. The second is for each board member to assess their own performance. This can help individual board members to stand back, assess their own effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.

 

This simple infographic gives practical information on what to include in an Annual Report. For more detailed information, including annual reporting templates, see: https://goodgovernanceawards.ie/entry-criteria/.

For free workshops on how to develop an effective annual report, see https://www.carmichaelireland.ie/free-training-on-developing-an-effective-annual-report/